My sense of wonder regarding the origins of stories has driven me to research and dig deeper into the hidden or esoteric meaning found in the roots of language. This desire led me to understand trees in a new and more meaningful way.
In 2007, I left my career to pursue my soul’s calling. I traveled to Frankfurt Germany and reconnected with the ancestral roots of my birth mother and the trees of our shared child hood. I visited the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and Georgia to connect with my birth father’s ancestry. I immersed myself in the healing traditions of shamanic energy medicine, the meditative art of the mandala and comparative religion.
Over the course of the past twelve years I have written three books, each inspired by the spirit and wisdom of trees.
Tree Spirit Tarot – Return to the Garden of our Soul
Tree Spirit Tarot recounts the mythical and historical stories of 78 trees and their impact on our personal and collective understanding. The Tarot is a deck of 78 illustrated cards that originated in 15th century Italy, but its roots may date back to ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia. Its original name, trionfi (triumphs) was based on the triumphs and challenges we face throughout life. The Tarot is divided into two groups: The Major Arcana of 22 cards, and the Minor Arcana of 56 cards. The word arcana is based on the Latin word arcanus, meaning hidden secret.
Tree Spirit Tarot book available at: Amazon
Tree Spirit Tarot deck available at: Printers Studio
The Guardian Tree – The true story of Carmen Sylvia.
Carmen Sylvia is a war child (a child born to a German mother and US serviceman post WWII) who was adopted as an infant by Americans working for the CIA in Germany. Her journey begins in an enchanted park in Frankfurt where Laural (Carmen Sylvia) encounters a tree spirit with a mysterious message that opens the doors to an epic adventure of self-discovery. Join Laural as she unravels her ancestral roots and reconnects with the spirit of the tree and the lessons it held. Travel along as she immerses herself in the healing arts of energy medicine and the mandala, as well as researching the roots of belief to heal herself and her world. When Laural eventually realizes that her name, Carmen Sylvia, means “Guardian Tree” she awakens the ultimate truth within her.
The Guardian Tree is available at: Amazon
Mandala Chakra – Awaken the One Within
Mandala Chakra is a guided journey of self-discovery anchored in the seven chakras of our energetic and physical body through the lens of seven unique perceptual states. Laural has literally visualized a way to connect the dots by creating a mythic map for awakening one’s personal consciousness as well as the collective soul. Written words and 49 hand-drawn mandalas take us on an epic adventure of interconnection and inner awakening to understand the multi-dimensional maps within us. These maps can guide us as we explore the inner and outer realms of our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. By becoming aware of these interrelationships and our ability to shift our perceptions we become the map makers of our destiny.
Mandala Chakra book available at: Amazon
Mandala Chakra oracle deck is available at: Printers Studio
Mandala Chakra art available at: Ink Drop Arthaus
For more information on Mandala Chakra visit: mandalachakra.com
For more information on Laural visit: lauralwauters.com
Laural is available to facilitate book circles, lectures or signings.